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Hour Pond Scouting Trip ~ Sep 3, 2012

Journal entry by Lenore and Jack Reber



We certainly had a wonderful Labor Day and hope that you did too. Nine hikers, Diane, Diane, Ray, Ray, Katie, Kurt, Lenore, Tom D., and Jack scouted the Hour Pond hike for Thursday. It was a long day. We left WCMC at 8:30 and didnít get back until 5. The hike is a mostly gradual 8 miles. The first third is an easy, old farm road. After a nice waterfall, the trail got steeper for awhile. About 0.8 miles before our destination, we came to a small pond where the trail traversed an old beaver dam. The trail became a rugged uphill to lunch and a refreshing swim at Hour Pond. It felt great to rinse off the sweat and enjoy the beginning autumn colors while floating in the pond. We spied a loon and osprey at the pond, and several ruffed grouse on the way up.

After lunch, we hiked to and along 13th Lake over another rugged trail. We were surprised to find many beautiful fungi in this dry woods. Some of us went for another swim while drivers shuttled to Old Farm Clearing to pick up cars. Ice cream at the North Creek Stewarts was satisfying after our terrific day.

9/4/12 - Ray Bouchard added 22 photos.

9/4/12 - Ray Henrikson added 5 photos.

27 photos



Kurt, Diane, Lenore and Tom in the trees during a rest stop - by Ray



Diane & Jack waiting for the rest of us to catch our breath - by Ray



A view of Hour Pond - by Ray



Katie and her husband Ray resting after our lunch on the shores of Hour Pond - by Ray



Swimming was a refreshing change of pace for some - by Ray



Lenore & Jack cooling off - by Ray



Jack was mumbling something about the water being a bit cu..cu..cold - by Ray



After seeing Jack come out of the water Kurt is wondering, "Do I really want to do this". Not one to be deterred, he took the plunge. - by Ray



The first of several unusual fungi that we saw along the trail. Let me know if you can identify any of them because I sure can't. - by Ray



Photo by Ray



Photo by Ray



Side 1 - by Ray



Side 2 - by Ray



You never know what you'll find when you peek under a schroom - by Ray



Photo by Ray



I'll venture that it's a small Puffball - by Ray



Photo by Ray



Crepes anyone? - by Ray



Photo by Ray



Photo by Ray



Some of the Hobblebush suggested that Fall was just around the corner - by Ray



White Baneberry (Doll's Eyes) were located along the trail towards Thirteenth Lake - by Ray



The group assembling at the trailhead. - by Ray



Incredible fungus, No.1 - by Ray



Incredible fungus, No.2 - by Ray



Incredible fungus, No. 3 - by Ray



Getting really close. - by Ray



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